Not every thing that takes place on the mission field is hard labor and extremely difficult, as you can see in this photo. Some activities can be quite fun and enjoyable. Here Ruth and Tracy help a few children to color in coloring books and also to draw on the cement with big pieces of tinted chalk. Whether just a few or a whole bunch of boys and girls, and regardless of the ages, playing with kids, teaching kids and just being with them, is an important part of any ministry.
¨But Jesus said, ´Allow little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven´,¨ Matthew 19:14. Adults, parents, even grandparents and family friends, can prevent or get in the way of the little ones from coming to Jesus. By making bad comments about the church or displaying aversion about church activities or simply by not getting up and going themselves, children learn to have a bad attitude about church and don´t learn about Jesus. They learn to dislike church by watching dad and mom´s cold and indifferent attitudes towards God. Their communication and expressions teach them what to think about seeking God.
In Mexico, so few children come to the services, simply due to the fact that most men don´t attend church, except for weddings and funerals. Also, both men and women are often too disconnected from their older children that they really don`t care what they do, nor where they are. All-too-often, I see children of four to five years of age, walking all over the streets of San Vicente and no one is alarmed or out looking for their young ones.
So, any time mission visitors want to do special activities with the area´s children, I am all for that.